About Us

TheSMA was established with the aim of bringing together industry-renowned trainers to deliver cutting edge, innovative courses in security and crisis management through our network of international training partners. Through our relationships with international accreditation bodies and leading academic institutions around the world, TheSMA training courses offer certification, qualification, career development and specialist risk management skills.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our training, our customer service and our ability to deliver bespoke courses at competitive prices. Moreover, through our close links with security practitioners in our sister company, Security Exchange Ltd, TheSMA offers students exclusive access to operational mentors, available 24/7 through our alumni support centre.



  • Enhanced accessibility through our network of international training centres
  • Flexible course programmes through a combination of home study and classroom learning for the busy security manager
  • Bespoke, in-house training available
  • Internationally renowned training team with excellent student pass rate
  • Access to operational mentors 24/7
  • UK training centre within 30 minutes of London and Heathrow
  • Chauffeur-driven airport pick-up
  • Welcome pack includes USB course material
  • Onsite student support during training courses


Our People

Rupert Reid

Rupert is a former New Scotland Yard detective with over 25 years' experience in commercial security management and training. He has worked extensively in corporate contingency planning and crisis management; and as an advisor in the special risks insurance market covering terrorism, piracy, product contamination, kidnap and extortion.

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Caroline Bashford

Caroline has a background in major corporate project management and business development; and has a number of years' experience at the forefront of the security training market. Caroline is responsible for managing TheSMA's international training and customer service programme.

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Barry Vincent MA, MSc, CPP, PCI, FSyl

A former Metropolitan Police officer, Barry has provided guidance and bespoke training on risk management, security solutions and business continuity to a range of international corporate clients. He is an experienced trainer and mentor, and in the past four years has delivered UK CPP examination preparation programmes with his students achieving more than an 85% pass rate.

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Bob Knights MBE, MSc, CPP, PSP, FSyl

A former Metropolitan Police officer with a wealth of global experience in security training, Bob is an acknowledged specialist in the field of crime prevention by design and his works have been published internationally. He also has specialist knowledge of aviation security and security auditing.

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Alan Smith CPP, PSP, DPI, FSyl

Alan is a security risk specialist with 30 years experience in the field of physical security in the UK and internationally. He is an experienced trainer and mentor, designing and developing training programmes for both corporate clients and security industry bodies.

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Chris Larkin

Former Head of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery at Marks & Spencer Plc., Chris brings practical knowledge and experience of real life crises and disasters to the TheSMA training team.

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Carol Assadi

Carol has a strong background in administration and extensive experience in the security industry. She is responsible for the smooth running of our courses both in the UK and internationally.

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